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the week of the iPhone | funfetti birthday cake doughnuts

The week of the iPhone continues with a birthday treat.  And what could represent a birthday better than sprinkles?

Nothing comes to mind!  Balloons are cool, but you can’t eat a balloon.

Sprinkles were absolutely meant for birthdays no matter what your age.  I just entered the last year of my 20’s and am finding it a bit surreal.  Not necessarily in a bad way, but like…really??  How have I experienced 29 years??  I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it…is this weird?

Maybe the only thing more spectacular than sprinkles on your birthday is funfetti birthday cake.  It was my cake of choice year after year growing up.  Vanilla on vanilla, please!!! 

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I typically top my doughnuts with a simple glaze, but I decided to pull out all the stops and make my favorite buttercream frosting.

The only butter cream I actually enjoy eating and that doesn’t send me into sugar shock.

I wanted to try making it gluten free by using oat flour instead of white flour.  Flour in frosting??  Yup!  Keep reading!

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This is quite different than your typical powdered sugar buttercream that calls for around ONE POUND of sugar. 

It’s luxurious.

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Now a little bit about the photos I took for this post.  I was of course using my iPhone and editing with the Snapseed app.  The surface I shoot on [a sample of our concrete counters] is fairly narrow which makes it a little tricky shooting with the wide-angle iPhone lens.  It took me at least 15 minutes of playing around with the positioning of the doughnuts before I liked any of the photos.

I couldn’t figure out a position for the knife that I was happy with and the frosting was catching the light and becoming completely blown out [overexposed].  The photo above was my favorite with the knife, but I still think it looks a bit awkward.  The photos improved when I switched to the spoon.

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The shadows in the photo above are a bit more dramatic than the photo below.  I prefer the top photo by as it seems to have more life + movement and better coloring.

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I’m loving all of the options in the “center focus” tab in Snapseed.  It’s great being able to create bokeh [blur] after the fact, since you can’t change your depth of field when snapping the photo.

I have a hard time getting super sharp photos with the iPhone.  I don’t have the steadiest hands, as you can see in the photo below.  The main doughnut is just slightly out of focus.

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But this next photo is much more sharp.

And now I want a doughnut.

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Below I applied one of the vintage filters.  I changed the texture of the filter and also brightened the photo under “tune image.”  In “tune image” you can change the brightness, contrast, saturation, white balance, and ambiance.  Pretty amazing!

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Print this!

Funfetti Cake Doughnuts [serves 12 – 16]

  • 1 cup GF oat flour
  • 1 cup sweet rice flour
  • 6 Tbsp almond meal
  • 2/3 cup sucanat or pure cane sugar
  • 4 large eggs, whisked
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup sprinkles
  • 6 Tbsp sunflower oil
  • 6 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  • 1.5 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 2 tsp baking powder [1.5 Tbsp for high altitude]
  • 1 tsp salt
  1. Preheat your oven to 350* [370* for high altitude].  Grease your doughnut pan [or a muffin pan] thoroughly with coconut oil or butter.  [I’ve found coconut oil + butter to work the best.]
  2. In large bowl combine all of the dry ingredients and mix well.
  3. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, oil, applesauce, vanilla extract, and almond extract until well combined. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir the mixture [with a large spoon] until the dry ingredients are just combined.  The batter will be thick.  Avoid over-stirring.
  5. Fold in the sprinkles.
  6. Spoon into your doughnut pan leaving about 1/8-1/4” room from the top. 
  7. Bake for 18-24min, until golden brown and a toothpick comes out moist, but not gooey.  *Depending on the size of your pan, cook time will vary.  My pan makes 6 doughnuts, so if your pan makes more than 6 baking time will slightly decrease.
  8. Let sit for 5min and slide a knife or small spatula along the edge to help release. 
  9. Turn out onto a cooling rack and let fully cool before frosting.

notes: You can make your own almond meal by grinding almonds into a flour-like texture, in a blender or food processor.  It will feel slightly mealy from the skins, but should not have large pieces.  You can also grind oat flour from gluten free [if needed] rolled oats, oat groats, or steel cut oats.  Grind until very soft, like typical flour.  Do not sub brown rice or white rice flour instead of sweet rice as the texture is quite different.

Creamy Buttercream Frosting adapted from best buttercream frosting and one of my older posts

*will frost at least 30 doughnuts or [2] 8-9” cakes

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sucanat or pure cane sugar
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 4 Tbsp GF oat flour
  • 1 tsp arrowroot starch or tapioca starch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Over medium-low heat in a small saucepan cook the milk, flour, and arrowroot, stirring frequently with a whisk.  Watch carefully so this does not burn!
  2. Cook until a very thick paste-like consistency is reached.  It takes about 8-15min depending on your stove and type of pot.
  3. Place in a bowl and let cool completely in the fridge.
  4. In a large bowl, beat the sucanat, honey, + butter until the sugar has almost completely dissolved and the mixture is fluffy.  About 5min.
  5. Add in the chilled milk mixture and beat again until fluffy and the sugar is completely dissolved. About 5-8min. 
  6. Beat in the vanilla and refrigerate at least 30min to help stiffen the frosting. 
  7. Remove from the fridge and beat for 30sec – 1min until smooth.
  8. Frost.

notes:  Sucanat is a bit harder to dissolve, since the crystals are quite large.  I didn’t detect any crunchiness in my frosting, but if you want to play it safe use pure cane sugar.  White flour can be used in place of oat flour if you don’t need the recipe to be gluten free.

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I’m ready for year 29. 

I have no clue what’s in store.

But am eager + excited to find out.

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And of course share it with you!


Reader Comments (33)

Happy Birthday, Ashley!! iphoney donuts looks still amazing! Seriously. Please pack some and send it over. ;-) Mwaaahhh to your last pic. :D
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia
awesome post and happy belated! Is that application free? I use vscos app which is really awesome, you can add lots of film like features to photos for a real vintagey feel.

Ashley--> They do offer it free once in awhile, but typically it's $5. A bit pricey for an app, but worth it in my opinion. Coming from the girl who has like 5 apps..haha
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatie @KatieDid
ok i don't even like doughnuts (i know, i'm weird) - but these actually look great! that last photo is a beaut!

Ashley--> Thanks so much, Sara! I totally understand about doughnuts. I was never a huge fan either, except from this tiny bakery where I grew up!
Happy birthday!!!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
Happy Birthday! Those donuts look delicious!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLindsey
Happy birthday! I'm about halfway through 29, and I gotta say it's a pretty good year. Although ask me again in mid-December how I feel about almost being 30 and I might be rocking back and forth under my desk in fetal position.

Ashley--> I think for some reason 29 is going to feel a bit weirder than 30. We'll see though, haha. :)
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJessica
Those doughnuts look so perfect! A perfect way to celebrate - happy belated birthday! :)
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Happy Birthday! Those look delicious. I tried to get the Snapseed app, but I have an HTC phone, so I had to settle for Aviary, so far I have had fun snapping photos with my phone and playing around with it. And to the few of you who are talking about turning 30, its nothing bad - I just turned 31 two weeks ago. :)

Ashley--> It just seems weird to me that 29 years have gone by. It's so funny to think about where I thought I'd be at this point and what I'd be doing. Pretty much 180* different than my original "plan." But that's totally fine with me!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya
Happy Birthday and enjoy those doughnuts!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren T
Happy Birthday, Ashley! Looks like those donuts were a tasty way to celebrate, that's for sure!!!
The donuts look DEEEElicious!! As well as the photos :) For some reason I was thinking you were 26-27. Congrats on your 29 years of life. Judging from where you are today, sounds like they've been a pretty damn good 29 years :) BTW- my birthday is next month and you have inspired me to possibly make these instead of a cake! YUM. Anything with sprinkles and candles is definately birthday-worthy. And you look beautiful in that last photo!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea
Happy Birthday! Mine's on Saturday - yay for July birthdays!
I <3 colored sprinkles btw, good choice :)
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
Happy birthday Ashley! I hope you have a great day and that you deservingly gorged yourself on those fine-looking donuts! ;o)
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
Happy Birthday! Those doughnuts look amazing (as always) I have mostly been using my iPhone to take photos for my blog and although I have to go outside to our screen in porch to get proper lighting I figure it takes less time than pulling out a huge DSLR. But your iPhone photos look great too! I love the antique filter on that last one(:
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarly
happy birthday lady! i think 29 holds some really BIG amazing things for you - and i can't wait to see what they are!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Happy birthday! These doughnuts look delicious and the frosting looks INCREEEDIBLE!
I'm quite sure 29 will be an epic year for you my dear... no doubt about that! Can't wait to see what it brings for you <3

I LOVE the snapseed app! I need more practice, I don't know much about white balance or any of that other stuff. I just play until I like it ;)
Now, I need someone to send me donuts, my tummy is grumbling!
I understand the comment on "where you thought you'd be" at 29, according to your plans. I feel like we very often make our life plans and then something completely different happens and we learn to love it, no matter what.
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonya
Happy Birthday Ashley! These donuts look amazing - much better than a birthday cake! I'm excited to try the frosting. Normally, I'm not a frosting person at all, but this one looks great!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
Happy Birthday! Hope you'll share a birthday recap sometime soon. Enjoy the last of your twenties (but don't fret, because the thirties are the new twenties anyway, or so I hear).
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecca
Everything covered in sprinkles is somehow 100x more magical, no matter what!
I love the new frosting recipe. So much better without the mounds of powdered sugar!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Yay Birthday Girl! Hope you have a wonderful day filled with fun, friends and great memories!
Your doughnuts look amazing!!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Hostess
Happy Birthday:) I love the idea of adding oat flour to buttercream! I'm going to try that soon! Hope you have fun birthday plans:)!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKylie @ immaeatthat
Happy Birthday!!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKath
Happy birthday! I always went with ice cream cakes or funfetti cakes for my birthday :) Your doughnuts look absolutely delicious. Hope you had a great day!
Happy birthday, my dear, and I hope you have a healthy happy new year in your life. ;)
29 is going to rock. I can feel it. We are going to Voodoo Donuts for Chris' bday on Saturday. It's going to rock. I can feel it. (wish you were coming with this time too!)
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
Those look so good. You're making me so hungry!!
July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle
Happy belated birthday! Those are some amazing shots with your phone. I am loving this series :) you really make me want to have a donut.
July 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSonia the mexigarian
Happy Birthday! I also turn 29 this year and I'm slightly freaked out by the fact that I only have 1 more year left in my 20's.... but 30's the new 20 right?
Anyway, these donuts really look delicious. I'm really intrigued by the frosting and would like to try it out soon. Looks nice and fluffy.
July 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHolly W
That salad looks so delicious! I'm making that tonight!
July 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfitnessofthegods
Happy Birthday Ashley! I'm using this frosting recipe for the vanilla oat bake for my own birthday breakfast tomorrow! I can't wait to see what year 29 has in store for you :)

Ashley--> Oooh, I hope you loved it. Happppppy birthday!!!!
July 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBalancing Sylvia

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